JustLeadershipUSA is a national advocacy organization committed to cutting the prison population in half by 2030. Central to their strategy is cultivating the leadership of formerly incarcerated people. In 2015, they were graduating the first cohort of their leadership training while accepting applications for their second cohort, but had outgrown the capacity of their team to handle this growing program.

Create Forward came on board to help them with this pivotal moment in the program’s growth.

“Our goal in terms of Piper’s collaboration was to have an application that reached a national audience, to have an application process that was as objective as it could be, and as fair as it could be and Piper was able to put somethings in place that helped us to get closer to that finish line.
— Khalil Cumberbatch, former Manager of Training and Communications at JustLeadershipUS

Create Forward’s Piper Anderson managed the selection and on-boarding process for the second cohort. Piper organized a 1-day Emerging Leaders training in Washington, D.C, and later she co-facilitated a webinar on leadership and trauma. Finally, to prepare incoming staff to take command of the program, we developed a series of program management guides, while managing the transition of incoming staff management of the program.

Two years later, having trained over 200 leaders, JustLeadershipUSA has refined two programs that empower formerly incarcerated men and women: Leading with Conviction (LwC) and Emerging Leaders (EL).